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The Perfect Choice: The Call to Volunteer

November 06, 2020

Marcus Zimmerman, a high school senior, started volunteering in 2016 and has stayed with the library ever since.


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Voting in the Time of Covid-19

July 30, 2020

Many facets of daily life have been harshly affected by the spread of COVID-19. People are losing their jobs, most major countries have seen some form of strict stay at home order, and there has been a mass movement onto online communication platforms.


Hannah Cha

5 Poems: Capturing Moments of the World

July 08, 2020

Today, we highlight a teen volunteer from the Porter Ranch Branch Library. We’d like to call Hannah Cha an all-around teen volunteer, that rare volunteer who considers shelving books therapeutic.


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It’s Not, "Can You", It’s “Will You”

March 09, 2020

Humans are destroying the planet. We’re eviscerating our atmosphere with growing holes in the ozone and using the planet as our trash can with no awareness of the consequences. It can be overwhelming to think about. You may be thinking...“well, don’t blame me!” or “what can I do about it?”


Berkeley student Ashley Park

Goodbye High School, Hello College

October 07, 2019

As I bid farewell to my high school and head to college, I can’t help but reminisce about what it felt like, at that time, as the most important four years of my life.


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Eating Healthy, Makes Me Happy

August 26, 2019

Healthy food choices for kids, teens, and caregivers is an important part of creating a well-balanced school year and family life.


Mayor Garcetti and a group of teens

I Was a Member of the Mayor's Youth Council

August 19, 2019

My experience at the Mayor’s Youth Council was an interesting one. As a group, we focused on homelessness in Los Angeles. I was surprised to find out that there is a large number of homeless youth and some might even go to my school and other schools in my area.


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Reflections from a Diversity and Inclusion Apprentice

August 12, 2019

My first day was overwhelming—meeting lots of new people who were all very welcoming, and learning about all the different departments and what each department does to help run the daily programs of the library.


local pop star Billie Eilish

The Life and Music of Billie Eilish: A Micro Review

April 16, 2019

Billie Eilish is a new, upcoming artist raved about by many teens. Born and raised in Highland Park, California, Eilish always has been into music since she was very young. She was raised under a very musical and creative household where her talent and creativity were nurtured.


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College Expectations

April 02, 2019

I grew up in a small affluent neighborhood north of downtown Los Angeles called Porter Ranch.


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